Knowing what to expect from drug and alcohol rehab can be very difficult. Knowing what is expected of you through the rehabilitation process is also unclear.

Through this unfamiliarity, many users will avoid drug and alcohol rehabilitation, others will enter with unrealistic goals, and others will enter without much commitment. While on the other end of the scale, we’ve witnessed clients enter rehab with a full understanding of what’s ahead, with realistic long-term recovery goals, and with the commitment to advance through the entirety of rehab.

The key difference here, having a significant impact on end recovery results is the amount of awareness and understanding, present around drug and alcohol rehabilitation. By increasing yours, you can experience a fitting rehab encounter, knowing what you can and cannot achieve.

This is very important to our team at Addiction Advocates, as we hope for all clients to benefit from drug and alcohol rehab. To support you through this, here are some commonly asked questions around visiting a drug and alcohol rehab in Maidstone, relevant for you.

Reach out for further information on rehab, along with our support throughout the rehab admission process.


What’s the difference between substance abuse and addiction?

This is a common question we get asked, as there is a blurred line between both substance abuse and addiction. While the seriousness of the addiction is greater, where rehab will be provided as a strong recommendation, even substance abuse can be dangerous.

Substance abuse is where the likes of drugs and alcohol will be consumed on a consistent basis. Physical cravings and side effects will be common, driving consumption. Although it is perceived as easier to live with if uncontrolled, substance abuse can materialise into an addiction.

Addiction is where physical and psychological links and side effects are present. Here’s where great concern is present, linked to physical and mental health worries, linked to the risk of a dual diagnosis, linked to an ingrained behaviour, difficult to break.

While there are key differences, both can be life-changing and can require addiction treatment. Yet, for substance abusers, outpatient rehab may be best, while for addicts, residential drug and alcohol rehab will be encouraged.


Can I recover from addiction via a drug and alcohol rehab in Maidstone?

Yes, you can reach the initial stages of addiction recovery by visiting a drug and alcohol rehab in Maidstone. If this is however your local area, it is encouraged that you prioritise residential rehab, and that you also work with rehab referral specialists.

Through our services at Addiction Advocates, we can help you secure the most fitting drug and alcohol rehab, ensuring that localised recovery is possible. Selecting any Maidstone based rehabilitation centre will be discouraged as some will only offer a generalist approach. To overcome addiction, a personalised approach to rehab should be offered, ensuring that all steps, all addiction treatment recommendations, and all coping strategies are ideal for you.


Will I benefit from completing rehab?

If you embrace all recommendations and steps, resulting in a completed rehab programme, yes you will benefit. Whether that results in withdrawal, in sober living, in long-term recovery, in improved mental health, in your quality of life, stepping away from addiction will benefit.

It is important to remember that your recovery efforts must continue after rehab. Lifestyle choices, relapse prevention, aftercare services and the avoidance of drug and alcohol exposure are all recommended. Here you will benefit from rehab even further, working towards long-term recovery.


What is cognitive behavioural therapy and will I need it?

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a highly utilised addiction treatment, focusing on psycho-social improvements. When consuming high levels of drugs and alcohol, significant adaptations are experienced in the brain. This is why addiction is much harder to treat and much more dangerous than substance abuse, as heightened risks of mental health issues are likely.

In order to reduce those risks, while promoting cognitive repair, CBT will be used. Here’s where outlooks and fixations on drugs and alcohol will be challenged. Through challenge, change will be aimed for, while forming healthy coping strategies.

If you are struggling psychologically, there is a strong likelihood that CBT will be recommended for you. In tandem, further therapeutic addiction treatment options will be encouraged, such as relapse prevention, stress management, art therapy, and support groups.

It’s also vital that physical, alongside psychological recovery is aimed for. This can be achieved through a drug and alcohol detox, nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.


Will I need dual-diagnosis treatment?

Dual-diagnosis treatment is suitable for clients who suffer from mental health issues. Mental health issues can hinder recovery. They can also act as causation for excessive drug and alcohol abuse. Down to this, a standalone treatment programme will also be mandatory to ease the side effects of the likes of depression and anxiety.

With this in mind, if you are struggling, yes it will be offered to you. Mental health is important throughout all of our affiliated rehab clinics. Down to this, if you do not have a dual diagnosis, yet experience psychological issues, support will be available.

Through our affiliated rehab clinics, your health, your safety and your recovery are prioritised. With this in mind, your drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme will focus on elevating your quality of life and wellbeing, helping to improve your lifestyle back in Maidstone.

At Addiction Advocates, we hope that this breakdown will provide greater clarity for you on what to expect from drug and alcohol rehab. This is very important to ensure that you begin your rehabilitation journey with the right intentions.

For more information on rehab, reach out to our team. We can also start the process by understanding your requirements via rehab. From here, we can guide you in the right direction when considering a drug and alcohol rehab in Maidstone, along with fitting addiction treatment options.

Reasonably, it’s an overwhelming time. Yet, it will be worthwhile once you commit to drug and alcohol rehab. We are here to ease this time for you and ensure you have access to the support you require, efficiently.